Facebook quizzes could make you vulnerable to hackers

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Facebook quizzes could make you vulnerable to hackers
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More and more Facebook quizzes are popping up on your feed, and no wonder, they’re popular. But could the quick diversion open your accounts to hackers?

Read more: Most common Facebook scams to avoid

Think twice before clicking on unknown links

A cybersecurity expert recently told WFLA, yes, you could be handing over personal information to someone who doesn’t want to know if you have an I.Q. of 120 or that you were Joan of Arc in a past life.

Sri Sridharan said the quizzes could be a dangerous link that could either take data directly from your Facebook account or have you unknowingly download malware to your PC.

So how can you protect yourself, but still have fun?

Read more: Warning: That great ‘deal’ on Facebook is no deal at all!

Sridharan told WFLA to click on links from trusted sources.

Don’t answer if it asks you personal information like what street you grew up on. That is one of the common questions to verify your identity online. 

And finally, just because a Facebook friend liked or posted the link, it doesn’t mean it is safe.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t believe offers that are too good to be true from any airline or big company on Facebook. If you think it may be real, go to the company’s website directly — not through Facebook. 
  • If you want to make sure a company page on Facebook is real, hover your mouse over the blue check mark on the profile page. If the page is legit, you’ll see a pop-up that says ‘Verified Page.’ If you don’t see that, then someone has created a background image to make it look like the page is verified.
  • Another way to check if a company is legit is to go directly to the website and see if there is a phone number to call and/or a street address listed that you can verify.
  • Always be cautious before clicking on a contest or other offer link via Facebook. If you can get to it by going to the company’s website directly, do it that way. It’s much safer.

More tips on how to protect yourself online here.

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